Turkey arrested two dozen lawyers in early morning raids in Diyarbakir on Friday and issued arrest warrants for more than 100 people as part of an investigation into a pro-Kurdish organization.
At least 15 members of the Diyarbakir Bar Association were detained and their homes searched under allegations of ties to the Democratic Society Congress (DTK), tweeted Cihan Aydin, chair of the association.
Authorities in Diyarbakir issued arrest warrants 101 people in connection with a probe into the DTK. They have made 72 arrests, 24 of whom are lawyers, and seized weapons and documents, according to Anadolu Agency.
Human rights lawyer, Barrister Agbor Balla has said the arrest of Barrister Richard Tamfu shows the depths of the government’s disrespect for the legal profession.
Barrister Tamfu Richard was arrested in Douala on November 18, and reports say this was because of his critical stance and utterances against police crackdown on lawyers at the Bonanjo Court of First Instance last week.
“The arrest and detention of renowned Human Rights Advocate, Barrister Tamfu Richard and other colleagues is a clear indication that the Government has no respect for the legal profession. This clearly shows a complete disregard and disdain towards lawyers,” said Barrister Agbor Balla in a tweet.
Barrister Richard Tamfu is a human rights crusader who has been fighting against injustices and the protection and promotion of human rights.
“We have recently sadly witnessed a rise in intimidation, threats and reprisals against lawyers in general and those in particular working on human rights and politically sensitive issues,” added Barrister Agbor Balla in his tweet.